KAS aspirants cry foul over marking system in examination

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With fingers being pointed over the marking system in a competitive examination nothing seems to be heading in right direction with regard to holding of Kashmir Administrative Services (KAS) examination in the state.

A group of candidates who had appeared in 2014 KAS examination voiced their concern over the biased approach being adopted vis-à-vis the marks given to the different subjects in the KAS examination. In the state the examination is conducted by Jammu & Kashmir Public Service Commission (J&K PSC).

The candidates said that marks in some subjects were much above the expected level while as candidates appearing in some other subjects had to virtually ‘yearn’ for the marks. They said that same got proved recently when the mark sheets of candidates of KAS 2014 examination were uploaded.

These candidates are once appearing for KAS examination this year. “The extent of biasing in subjects is exemplary which shows the hegemony of PSC. A subject like Anthropology has overshadowed all the other subjects. Students have secured 550 or more than 550 marks in the 2014 KAS examination.

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We were shocked after seeing the marks of our fellow students,” said the students.

The group of students said that although some of the fellow students could not qualify the main examination but still then they managed to get 500 marks in Anthropology. The students said that such type of marks biasing is seen in Zoology and Public Administration too adding that Anthropology has come up as the most biased subject.

“There are at least 30 subjects in KAS main examination. Students having subjects other Anthropology, Zoology and Public Administration are always at the fag end. In contrary to this the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has a system of subject moderation where all subjects are equally represented,” said the group of students.

The students said that they had conveyed their concern about the marking pattern in KAS examination to the Chairman of J&K PSC adding that the head of the Commission has no time to look into their concern. They demanded that the ‘discrepancy’ needs to be rectified more so when the KAS main examination for 2016 is round the corner.

“We are frustrated over the issue as KAS mains examination is due to start from February 15. If this ill practice is repeated then our career is at stake. The PSC chairman and members should look into this matter so that the career of thousands of KAS aspirants is not ruined once for all,” said students.

Meanwhile, an official spokesman said that the full commission of J&K PSC in its meeting held today reviewed the arrangements made for conduct of J&K Combined Competitive (Mains) Examination-2016 and after detailed briefing by the Controller of Examinations it was found that all arrangements are in place.

“However, taking into account the aftermath of recent snowfall and closure of National Highway/other roads the commission decided to defer the examinations originally scheduled for 15th and 17th February, 2018 (General Studies-Paper I &II, General English and Essay in English) and the next date for these papers shall be notified separately,” said the official spokesman.

The spokesman said that rest of the schedule shall remain unchanged i.e., the examination shall commence from 19th February, 2018 on the dates and at venues already notified.

Courtesy : Early Times

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